Teopanzolco State Cultural Auditorium

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Cultural Architecture
Firm LocationMexico, Mexico
CompanyIsaac Broid PRODUCTORA
Lead DesignerIsaac Broid + PRODUCTORA (Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime, Wonne Ickx y Abel Perles)
Design TeamGerardo Galicia, Pamela Martinez, Josue Palma, Alonso Sanchez, Rosalía Yuste, Antonio Espinoza, Diego Velazquez, Gerardo Aguilar, Jesús Minor, Juan Pablo Perez, Oswaldo Delgadillo, Mariana Toro, Valeria Alvarado y Eitan Vazquez

The Auditorium is organized around two elements, a triangular building that contains the building’s public programs (lobbies, services, box office, cloakroom, auditorium) and the platform surrounding it that contains the service and operation zones (dressing rooms, storage, workshops, etc), including a multipurpose black box theater. The horizontal platform surrounding the triangular building serves as a viewing area for the archeological zone and towards the city. This grand plinth contains a series of patios, one of which, facing the secondary entrance to the auditorium, has been sunk into the ground to create a small open-air theater space. This platform generates a variety of exterior spaces and resolves the secondary access to the interior of the auditorium or to the platform itself, while incorporating the existing large trees. Meanwhile, the main triangular-shaped roof comprises a large stepped ramp that emerges from the intersection with the horizontal platform that surrounds it and substantially reduces the physical presence and visual impact of the new building, as well as converting the roof itself into an additional open-air auditorium, which has the archeological site as a backdrop.